This blog provides an informal forum for terrestrial invertebrate watchers to post recent sightings of interesting observations in the southern Vancouver Island region. Please send your sightings by email to Jeremy Tatum (jtatum@uvic.ca). Be sure to include your name, phone number, the species name (common or scientific) of the invertebrate you saw, location, date, and number of individuals. If you have a photograph you are willing to share, please send it along. Click on the title above for an index of past sightings.The index is updated most days.

September 8 afternoon

2019 September 9 afternoon

 

    Jochen Möhr’s moths from Metchosin this morning:

 

1 Eupithecia sp.  

2 Euxoa difformis

4 Lacinipolia pensilis

1 Neoalcis californiaria

1 Tetracis pallulata

1 Xestia finatimis complex

 

…and photographs of a few of his moths from recent days.   Some photographs of some moths from the large genera Euxoa and Xestia probably cannot be identified safely to species.   We are grateful to Libby Avis for identifying these moths as far as probably can be done for these difficult groups.

 


Idia americalis  (Lep.: Erebidae – Herminiinae)  Jochen Möhr


Tetracis pallulata (Lep.: Geometridae)  Jochen Möhr


Euxoa (probably difformis) (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr


Euxoa (probably difformis) (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr


Euxoa (probably difformis) (Lep.: Noctuidae) Jochen Möhr


Xestia finatimis/infimatis/verniloides complex

(Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr


Xestia finatimis/infimatis/verniloides complex

(Lep.: Noctuidae)   Jochen Möhr

    Jeremy Tatum writes:  I visited Panama Flats this afternoon, and the only butterflies I saw were 2 Cabbage Whites and 2 Woodland Skippers.  The butterfly season is coming to an end, so keep reporting any sightings.  September is the month for Yellow Woolly Bear caterpillars, and October is the month for Banded Woolly Bears, so keep an eye out for these.  Panama Flats is a good place for Banded Woolly Bears.